CC&H’s Dead Week Dig

May 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

As Finals week looms over Cal Poly’s campus, CC&H decided to chat with students about dealing with end of the year stress, both healthily, and not so much… Watch our vlog below!

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Pumped Up Kicks: DIY Sequin Vans

May 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

CC&H’s sparkling new sneaks.

This week, CC&H decided it was time for a stylish, DIY tutorial. We perused various DIY blog sites, including P.S. I Made This, Studs & Pearls, and I Spy DIY. Eventually, we decided we loved this DIY idea from Honestly… WTF.

Almost everyone has an old pair of Vans, Converse, or Keds hiding in the back of your closet (or you can even purchase a cheap solid white sneaker from Rite Aid for $7)! We thought this tutorial would be a perfect way to renovate an old, seemingly useless pair of shoes and make them fun, new shoes for the season!

We decided to go with a glittery sequin shoe style, instead of the brass studs. Sequins and glitter are so in this season, as you can see with these showy shoe styles from brands like Sperry Top-Sider and TOMS.

We headed to Beverly’s to get our supplies and meet with an expert to figure out a game plan for our glitter shoes.

There, we found Store Manager of five years, Tam Bailie, who definitely knows a thing or two about crafting.

“The challenge of finding ways to help people with all their creative requests is what makes me want to come to work each day,” Bailie says. “I appreciate it when customers bring in their completed projects or their “still in the works” projects because we can see how we helped them meet their craft and fabric needs. It’s fun to be part of something that turns out beautiful.”

Though scrapbooking is her forte, she knew exactly where to direct us to begin our new shoe adventure.

We had originally planned on getting E-6000 glue (following the Honestly… WTF tutorial), but Bailie suggested we use Fabri-Tac glue instead, since we were working with canvas and sequins, instead of canvas and hardware (Good thinking, Tam).

We then headed for Aisle 3 to find our sequins. Luckily, the had a nice peacock, teal color that we liked (and only 69¢ a bag!).

Bailie also suggested we get a glittery base, to fill in the cracks between the sequins, so we added a bottle of 99¢ silver glitter glue to our shopping basket.

While we waited in line, we chatted with Katie Loitz, a sophomore Cal Poly student, who was buying tulle to make a DIY tutu for the Avila Beach Party concert this weekend.

“I love coming to Beverly’s because I know they’ll always have what I need to do a project,” Loitz said. “And the staff is so friendly, even if I don’t know what I need, they help me figure it out.

Loitz has come to Beverly’s to make her Halloween costumes for the past two years, including a mermaid costume and a superhero costume. So crafty.

We left Beverly’s with all the advice and supplies we needed, and we were ready to get crafting.

Supplies:

  • Old pair of black vans
  • Fabri-Tac
  • Teal sequins (2 bags)
  • glitter glue (silver)
  • Paint brush (or you can use your finger)

Steps:

  1. Clean off any dirt/debris from the shoes
  2. Use the paint brush (or your finger) to apply the glitter glue to the area of the shoe that you will be applying the sequins to; wait for this to dry completely
  3. Begin at the corner of the area of the shoe, and dab a circular, sequin size amount of glue onto the shoe
  4. Outline sequins around the edge of the area
  5. Fill in the remaining area with sequins, spacing them as evenly as possible
  6. Wait at least a day before wear, allowing to dry and set completely

We wore our sassy sequin shoes on Cal Poly’s campus the next day, and asked Jackie Campbell, a sophomore chemistry major who we caught leaving Starbucks, what she thought of our vamped up Vans.

“Oh my god, I love the teal! I see that color everywhere, it’s really in right now,” Campbell said. “The sequins change the whole style of the shoe. Black vans are usually kind of punk and drab. They really pop now. So cute!”

We’re pleased with how our DIY sequin shoes turned out, and can’t wait to wear them to the Avila Beach Party concert this weekend too! Maybe we should start looking up DIY tutu tutorials…

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Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello again world,

As we near the end of Spring Quarter at Cal Poly, I think it’s time to do a reflection of CC&H’s blogging progress. These past 8 weeks have flown by, but I think I’ve accomplished a lot with my blog. I’m proud of what I have published, and excited that I was able to explore this area of journalism. I enjoyed interviewing people and learning more about how to lead a healthy college lifestyle.

I think my blog is at about the same level as most of my peers in class, and I think we have all made great strides in our blogging skills. I’ve loved following along with their blogs, and they are always extremely helpful when coming up with ideas or troubleshooting.

So far, I have:

  • Created the CC&H blog
  • Created a CC&H Twitter
  • Received over 300 views
  • Live-tweeted
  • Incorporated images, slideshows, surveys, & audio into my posts

After this course, I don’t know how much more I will incorporate into the CC&H blog. I haven’t had very much traffic, so I don’t think there is much chance for financial viability. While it did allow me to practice my blogging skills, I don’t think CC&H, specifically, will be very relevant to my future self.

That being said, I do want to continue blogging. I hope to do so more professionally, so that I can list my blog on my resume. Blogging skills are an impressive asset, especially in my desired field of public relations.

I am really happy with my CC&H blog, and I’ve enjoyed working on it this quarter. I hope my readers enjoyed reading CC&H as much as I enjoyed writing for it.

 

Closing Time – Semisonic

CC&H’s crash course on intercourse

May 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week, CC&H decided to delve into that voodoo blog post we’ve all been waiting for… Yep, we’re going all the way.

Let’s talk about sex.

Not to say everybody’s doing it, but… pretty much everybody’s doing it. This demographics report from Advocates for Youth states that 79.5% of college students have had sex, which is clearly the majority and quite substantial. But hey, that’s not necessarily bad thing.

What’s more ‘cheap, chic, and healthy’ than free, pastel packaged condoms? Only five, you little sex monkeys.

Sex is totally natural, and it’s actually good for you. This article from WebMD reports ten health benefits of sex, including reducing cancer risk and heart health (who knew? oh, right… how old is Hugh Hefner now, like a hundred?).

It’s common knowledge that sex is a hot (and steamy?) (just kidding.) topic for most college students, and with this blog being wholeheartedly dedicated to providing a guide to your most healthful, beneficial, and cost effective college experience, it seemed time for CC&H to get a bit naughty.

Now don’t expect this audio interview to be filled with juicy sex tips and polls on fave positions. This is no Cosmo. CC&H sought out the best on campus resources for college students to find simple and affordable sexual health care, products, and information.

Listen below for full interviews, but our moral to the story: practice safe sex, people! Ask any 40-something-year-old grad and they’ll tell you, college is the best years of your life. We’ve all seen Animal House. Enjoy them! But be safe, and protect your bod. Your 40-something-year-old self will thank you!

CC&H ♥’s PULSE

May 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Recently, CC&H has had several requests for a ‘sex’ post (cue slow jams). So we’re stepping out of our comfort zone a little bit here, and coming up this week: CC&H goes cheap, chic, and sexually healthy.

Today we wandered Cal Poly’s campus and “talked dirty” with some scandalous students (just kidding). When asked what on-campus sexual health resources they knew of, the answer was almost unanimous: PULSE.

Emily Krebs, a junior Parks and Rec major, said her best friend is a PULSE representative.

‘She’s a certified peer counselor,’ Krebs said. ‘You can go to PULSE and talk to her about everything from safe sex to relationship issues to healthy diets.’

Look forward to a completely mature, no ‘that’s what she said’ joke-filled audio interview with a PULSE rep coming up this week!

Cash for clicks?

May 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

In the ever-changing world of journalism, journalists must fight to stay ahead of the game, be the first to cover stories, and get the facts straight. Online journalists, especially, face great competition in posting a story that will be read instead of another news site’s coverage, or a blogger’s post, or a youtube video. One of the greatest features of the internet is the rate at which we can find and utilize information. Using various modes of communication, from word of mouth to twitter, journalists build stories for their readers as quickly as possible, to provide them with the most accurate and fulfilling stories possible.

However, this article from mashable.com points out that journalists may, in the soon future, be paid based on the number of clicks they receive on their stories. Though this could provide journalists with more motivation to cover stories faster and more accurately, it could also lead to sensational journalism, according to this New York times editorial.

The National Enquirer commonly uses sensational journalism to sell stories

Frank Luther Mott defined yellow journalism in terms of five characteristics:

  1. scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news
  2. lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings
  3. use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudoscience, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts
  4. emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips
  5. dramatic sympathy with the “underdog” against the system

In the glory days of yellow journalism, stories were about selling papers; the content became of secondary importance. With online journalism being so easy to gather information without knowing it’s accuracy, paying journalists for number of clicks could become a dangerous practice very quickly. The spread of inaccurate information could skyrocket, in efforts to give the reader the juiciest story.

Journalists already have enough responsibility, incentive, and motivation to report the facts in a prompt, efficient fashion. Adding promotions based on number of clicks would create, I believe, room for error and a sense of rushed and desperate journalism.

What’s your opinion? Let CC&H know your thoughts on paying journalists cash for clicks.

Spring Into Style: CC&H shops local

May 9, 2012 § 4 Comments

Spring has sprung! What’s in this season?

We love Glamour’s Fashion Trends breakdown, but prepare to be appalled at the prices…

CC&H knows staying up to date on style trends in college can be rough. Like we have the time or money to keep our wardrobe on celeb-level. Seeing models in gorgeous, outrageously priced outfits in style magazines just depresses us… We know how you feel.

But this week, CC&H decided it was time to update our closets, on a budget. We researched the best, cheapest places to shop locally and noticed some trends appearing in our data (no pun intended).

CC&H did some lurking around Cal Poly’s campus and asked dozens of girls where they like to shop.

The top results:

  1. Bella B
  2. Forever 21
  3. Lulu Luxe

Caroline Cerussi, a junior anthropology major, says that Bella B is a bang for your buck.

“Forever 21 might be a little less expensive, but I prefer Bella B,” Cerussi says. “The clothes I buy at Forever never last, like they’re made cheaply. Bella B sells quality clothes, and they always have really cute stuff!”

Other girls said they love the large selection at Forever 21, but hate having to sort through it all. Emily Krebs, a junior parks and rec major, says that Forever is a great place to shop if you are looking for something specific, but not if you just want to shop around.

“The selection is so overwhelming at Forever, I only shop there when I know I want something specific, because they’ll probably have it,” Krebs says. “I prefer smaller shops like Bella B and Lulu Luxe when I just feel like going shopping. I walk in and find something I love within the first few minutes, without having to hunt around for hours.”

Krebs also said that the girls working in the smaller stores, like Bella B, are friendly and helpful with style tips.

“They’re always so fashionable and willing to help me find just the right outfit for whatever occasion. I’ve never left Bella B without buying something I love. And their ‘Daily Deals’ are awesome!” Krebs says.

CC&H had heard all we needed, and headed to Bella B, ready to shop ’til we drop.

We were greeted with a warm smile and friendly welcome by Hope Hanselman, a junior journalism major, KSBY intern, Bella B employee, and total fashionista. We asked Hanselman to share her style secrets, and she agreed to give CC&H the inside scoop.

“Color blocking is very in right now! The 60’s ‘mob look’ is making a big comeback, so it’s a lot of bright primary colors and geometrical prints,” Hanselman says. “Colored jeans are a hot item, too. I have eight different pairs. They’re a must-have this season.”

So what to buy for this season? Check out Marie Claire’s Spring 2012 Trendlist. But to name a few styles…

  • neons
  • color block
  • pastels
  • bold prints
  • art deco
  • athletic chic
  • black & white
  • florals
  • tangerine
  • backless tops

Hanselman says styles come and go, but it’s important to wear what you like.

“Your wardrobe should have ‘statement pieces’ that are classic, go-to outfits that you love, for anytime of the year, regardless of what’s in,” Hanselman says. “Your style should reflect what you like to wear and what you look good in. You can add to it, based on the season or what’s hot then, but you’ll always have your essentials.”

Bella B has an amazing selection for Spring trends. Trust us, we shopped ’til we dropped… our whole paycheck. But hey, spending just under a hundred bucks, CC&H got a bold printed dress, two backless pastel tops, a pair of tangerine colored crop jeans (on sale), and a white skirt. So trendy! And on a budget. The CC&H Spring Collection.

Here’s some of what we saw at Bella B (prepare to fall in love). Happy Spring Shopping!

Fun Facts:

  • Song on the radio when we walked into Bella B: Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jesperson (c’mon, seriously? it’s literally still stuck in our head…)
  • The Daily Deal: 15% off your order! (how sweet is that… check out Bella B’s Facebook page for the latest deals!)
  • Hanselman’s fave go-to style item: colored heels! (‘casual and fun for day wear with crop jeans, but dressy at night with a black dress and matching accessories!’ Check out Fergie rocking neon heels!)